Parent's Handbook Page 1
Welcome to Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre. The centre was established in 1989 to provide high quality child care for the families of employees of Parkwood Hospital. Currently, it is the policy of the centre that priority is given to employees of Saint Joseph’s Health Care. We do offer care for children from the community, when space allows. We are licensed by The Ministry of Education. The centre is operated as a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of a minimum of 6 members including 50% of member representation involving parents from the centre and the remaining percentage filled by community representatives.
Our Educators are registered with College of Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) or are in the process of becoming registered with the college. Our Educators participate in ongoing professional learning to ensure the programs being offered are based on current theories of practice.
We seek to see the world through the eyes of the child. We are our best resource as we know what inspired us to learn as young children. This knowledge, combined with ongoing professional learning, allows us to strive to offer children the time, space and support they need to flourish with their own special qualities that are unique to each individual child.
New families are encouraged to visit with their child to become familiar with the program, Educators, and peers. A scheduled 2 hour visit will be planned prior to your child’s admission for your child to get accustomed to being dropped off at the centre.
All paperwork must be complete prior to your child’s admission. Paperwork will be provided at your parent tour. A payment process must be discussed prior to admission to the program. back to index
PAYING YOUR CHILD CARE:
FEES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The fee schedule effective January 2016 is:
Infants Weekly rate $247.00 Daily rate $53.00
Toddlers Weekly rate $227.00 Daily rate $50.00
Preschoolers Weekly rate $202.00 Daily rate $45.00
A registration fee of $25.00 per child is required and is non-refundable to ensure your child’s space in the program.
Employees of St. Joseph’s Health Care are encouraged to provide the daycare with a S.I.N, as payroll deduction will be set up. Parents, not employed by St. Joseph’s Health Care, are required to pay us two weeks advance fees and are required to pay their fees on a weekly basis, in advance. Cash and cheques are the acceptable forms of payment.
Receipts for cash will be issued at the time of payment. Cheques must clear the bank before a receipt can be issued. Receipts, for income tax purposes, will be issued once per year. Regular payments of fees assure your child’s continuation in the centre. There is a $25.00 charge for NSF cheques.
After 5:30 pm, for every 15 minutes or portion thereof, there will be a charge of $10.00. In an emergency situation please advise the centre as soon as possible. If a child is not picked up by 5:30 pm, every effort will be made to contact the parents/guardians and emergency contacts. If there is no contact made, Children and Family Services will be contacted by 6:30 pm.
WITHDRAWAL OF CHILDREN:
Written notice of permanent withdrawal must be given one month in advance or full program fees will be charged in lieu of notice. A position cannot be guaranteed if a parent wishes temporary withdrawal (i.e. summer, maternity leave.)
The daycare has the right to terminate services if:
1.) Policies and procedures are not being followed
2.) Past due daycare fees
3.) While it is our centre’s policy to provide an inclusive environment for all children a plan of withdrawal may be discussed if safety becomes an issue for the child or his/her peers. back to index
DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION:
The daycare is open twelve months a year, Monday through Friday, from 6:45am to 5:30pm.
The daycare is closed on the following holidays:
New Years Day
CLASS SIZE AND STAFF COMPLIMENT:
The daycare has facilities to accommodate the following groups of children:
10 Infants Birth to Eighteen months 3 Educators
15 Toddlers Eighteen months to Thirty months 3 Educators
32 Preschoolers Two and a half to Five years 4 Educators
Transition between age groups will happen when a child is ready and has had many visits with the next age group. This will be discussed with families prior to the move. There will be an official commencement date for the move to the next age group and the new rate of pay will begin on that date.
Practices based on negative control of children’s behaviour are not permitted at Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre by any employee, student, volunteer or visitor. Any employee, student, volunteer or visitor found to be in violation of these prohibited practices is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or loss of privileges or association with Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre, and/or removal from the premises. These prohibited practices include but are not limited to the following:
The Day Nurseries Act stipulates that prior to admission; each child must be immunized as recommended by the Local Medical Officer of Health. A medical certificate confirming such immunizations and a complete medical assessment is necessary and needs to be submitted upon admission of a child to our Daycare. Parents wishing their child to be exempt from immunizations must provide a letter to the daycare stating for religious or philosophical reasons their child will not be immunized.
Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre follows a strict exclusion policy for children who are ill or are showing signs of illness. This is for the protection of your child, the other children and the employees of the centre. The exclusion policy is based on guidelines provided by the Middlesex London Health Unit. Your child must stay at home if they have the following symptoms or will be sent home if these symptoms develop during the program.